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Associate Director, Information and System Strategy
United States
Function/Business Area
Data & Analytics
Business Info Reporting & Analytics
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Associate Information and System Strategy Director

About Astellas:

At Astellas we can offer an inspiring place to work and a chance to make your mark in doing good for others.
Our expertise, science and technology make us a pharma company. Our open and progressive culture is what makes us Astellas. It’s a culture of doing good for others and contributing to a sustainable society.
Delivering meaningful differences for patients is our driving force. We all have a significant opportunity to make that difference, working locally in the areas we know best, whilst drawing inspiration from the different insights and expertise we have access to globally and from our innovative, external partners.
Our global vision for Patient Centricity is to support the development of innovative health solutions through a deep understanding of the patient experience. At Astellas, Patient Centricity isn’t a buzzword - it’s a guiding principle for action. We believe all staff have a role to play in creating a patient-centric culture and integrating an awareness of the patient into our everyday working practices, regardless of our role, team or division.
Our ethos is underpinned by the Astellas Way, comprising five core values: patient focus; ownership; results; openness and integrity.
We are proud to offer an inclusive and respectful working environment that fosters collaboration and ownership.
Our aspiration is to bring the best brains together, to provide them with world-leading tools and resources and a unique structure that fosters real agility and entrepreneurial spirit.

About this job:

Responsible for coordinating and managing the data model for assigned clinical and operational systems and leading life-cycle maintenance activities, including system integration processes. The position will also be responsible for overseeing change requests and establishing testing plans, as applicable, for system enhancements.
The position will work through collaborative partnerships with Operational Improvement & Reporting Excellence operational strategists, as applicable, and functional stakeholders to advise on maintenance and updates of the data model.

Key Activities are noted below:

  • Leading cross-functional collaborations on the maintenance, upgrades, integrations, releases and decommissioning of the data model and security model for assigned clinical and/or operational system(s).
  • Leveraging drug development knowledge and cross-functional partnerships to anticipate changes needed to data structure and standards.
  • Leading the strategic assessment of continual improvement of information and systems incorporating industry best practices and vendor strategy and release plans into future iterations.
  • Proactively identify impact of changes to business process and other impacted systems.
  • Leading the user acceptance test process to ensure business requirements are appropriately tested and risks identified and mitigated.
  • Ensure on-time implementation of assigned system(s) and new releases to end users, within budget constraints, in collaboration with IS and business functions
  • Overseeing the issues and escalations and managing the process for documentation and resolution of issues through triaging mechanisms.
  • Overseeing quality review process to ensure changes made in the data model are reflective of and consistent with agreed upon approach and within defined information management governance standards.
  • Partnering with appropriate IS, quality and business functions to manage documentation and test strategies related to implementation of system enhancements.
  • Developing and maintaining effective collaborations with key stakeholders and functions, as well as of relevant external stakeholders, including system vendors.
  • Developing strategies for identifying and communicating critical factors in technical end user training for assigned system(s).
  • Managing as a peer leader within the organization and actively participate to ensure success of the strategic objectives.

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or Business Science.
  • Extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or management consulting group focused on R&D or clinical operations, with minimum significant experience in the drug development setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the global drug development process to ensure cross-functional connections and operational data model are appropriately and effectively communicated across the organization.
  • Experience in use of enterprise-wide pharmaceutical project management software solutions, including skills in critical path analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English, with an ability to interact at all levels of personnel.
  • Experience with establishing standards in support of clinical and business operations systems, especially as they impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management.
  • Experience working cross-functionally and cross-culturally in support of business processes and/or systems, especially as they impact and influence multiple departments and levels of management.
  • Strong and effective strategic thinker and problem solver with high degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to both recognize and anticipate problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate solutions into viable action plans at a global level that are effectively disseminated and implemented through cooperation of stakeholders.
  • Good experience of people management, preferable in a highly matrixed, multicultural global setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively build business relationships and influence without authority as part of a matrix organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects efficiently


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or Business Science.

Additional information:

  • Currently this position has the flexibility to work from home and in the office.
  • This is a permanent full-time position based in the UK or in the Netherlands.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.